Yates in pink as Chaves wins sixth stage, Froome eighth
14 May, 2018, 00:22 | Author: Hannah Francis
However now the Irishman has the monkey off his back, as he produced the ideal sprint to come around maglia ciclamino of Viviani and take his first Grand Tour victory.
Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates made it a Mitchelton-Scott one-two as they crossed the finish line together on the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia.
After moving into the pink jersey on Mount Etna, this is exactly the sort of day that Simon Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott team-mates would have hoped for.
Dennis' defeat was far from decisive, however, as the rider bearing the maglia rosa since Tel Aviv in Israel on Stage 2 crossed the line a relatively minor 1:04 behind stage victor Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott). "I looked across the road and everyone was looking at each other. I just had to get that wheel, and have a bit of patience as well".
He now sits one minute and 11 seconds down on Yates, but has launched into the top 10 of the general classification, and based on this morning's showing, there should be a lot more to come over the next two weeks.
He is on a long-term project to transition from a time trial specialist into becoming an overall contender for the three-week Grand Tours - the Giro, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.
Chris Froome now trails Yates by 70 seconds on a day when he again looked below his best, although the four-time Tour de France victor did move up 11 places to eighth overall.
First, the riders will take on the summit finish of the Montevergine di Mercogliano - a 17.1 kilometre climb which is less hard than stage six's Etna, but is likely to still only leave the best climbers standing at the end, due to the length of the climb.
Bennett said the first six days of the tour had been hectic but was pleased with the support he was getting from his teamates.
This was the first first time an Irish rider has claimed a stage at the Giro in 31 years, since Stephen Roche won a time trial on the way to overall victory in 1987.
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